Woman who claims to be related to boy who fell from ride has no family ties, study shows



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Channel 9 has discovered that a woman who claimed to be a relative of the 14-year-old who fell from a ride in ICON Park has no ties to the family.

A woman who says her name is Shay Johnson claims she is Tire Sampson’s niece.

She has been seen holding press conferences, collecting petition signatures and leading a vigil outside the FreeFall ride.

READ: ICON Park calls for FreeFall, SlingShot rides to suspend activities after teen’s death

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

People, including family, gathered at a vigil outside Orlando FreeFall Monday to honor 14-year-old Tire Sampson, who fell from the ride and died last week.

Now the Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Sampson’s mother has told detectives she doesn’t know who Shay Johnson is.

Lawyers representing the family told Channel 9 that none of the relatives know Johnson.

READ: Boy, 14, dies after fall from FreeFall ride at Orlando’s ICON Park

The sheriff’s office said they are not aware of any crimes at this time.

Late Thursday, the woman’s employer, Flash Dancer’s Bar in Orlando, said in a statement that they had terminated her employment.

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